USS Stout Arrives for Nassau, Bahamas Port Call By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy M. Atkins Ricks

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) arrived in Nassau, Bahamas, for a scheduled port visit, June 12.

The Norfolk-based destroyer arrived in the island nation’s port as part of a concerted effort to increase U.S. presence and reinforce the U.S. Navy’s commitment to a mutually beneficial partnership.

“The Bahamas is one of our most enduring allies, and this is a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship between our two countries,” said Cmdr. Nathan Diaz, the ship’s commanding officer. “Our crew can’t wait to make a difference in the local community, interact with the people and experience everything the country has to offer.”

The port visit coincides with U.S. Fleet Force Forces Commander Adm. Christopher W. Grady’s scheduled visit to the island to take part in bilateral discussions about the two countries’ shared interests. Grady and U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers will co-host a reception aboard Stout for senior government officials and members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF).

In addition to the on board reception, Stout crewmembers will spend the port visit participating in community relations projects and experiencing the local culture.

“We’re excited for a chance to visit Nassau to participate in community outreach and to build unit cohesion,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Elijah Strukley. “After many months of underways and training for numerous events, our first foreign port call since deployment will be a thrilling opportunity!”

Stout was commissioned on Aug. 13, 1994, and was named after Rear Adm. Herald F. Stout. He was awarded two Navy Crosses for his outstanding service as commanding officer of USS Claxton (DD 571) in the Solomon Islands during World War II. The ship conducted operations as part of Destroyer Squadron 23, otherwise known as the “Little Beaver” Squadron.

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